Welcome to the Daughters of Penelope (DOP), Local Chapter Phila #380, which was established in the San Diego area to promote educational, cultural, scholarship programs, and to preserve and promote the ideals and traditions of Hellenism. The National Daughters of Penelope was established November 16th, 1929, as the Women's Affiliate of AHEPA - the men's equivalent organization. It is the first Greek-American women's organization in the United States.
Philanthropy and volunteerism are the missions for the Daughters of Penelope. From natural disaster relief, to raising funds for the elimination of life-threatening diseases, to making significant contributions to our local neighborhoods, the Daughters are at the forefront of charitable giving. Our chapter is a tax exempt 501(c)3 in the U.S.A.. We provide funding for scholarships, seminars, symposiums, lectures and other educational activities, as well as social events for the purpose of fellowship and commradry to support our mission.
Our local Chapter partners with our men's AHEPA, Hellenic Cultural Society, and St. Helen Philoptochos for lectures, trips, and other cultural events.
For more information on the Daughters District and Foundation, please visit their wesbites: daughtersdistrict and www.dopfoundationinc.com.
Monthly Meetings, are held on the first Tuesday of the month, at 7pm (October-June), at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 3459 Manchester Avenue, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California 92007, Tel: 760-942-3603 (unless otherwise noted).
Education (Scholarship, Journey to Greece, Trip to Washington, D.C.)
The Daughter's commitment to education has been well documented throughout its history. The scholarship program at the national level is administered by the AHEPA National Educational Foundation. It offers scholarships to a wide variety of students. Recipients are: traditional and non-traditional students; seminarians, including those entering Holy Cross Greek School of Theology; and high school seniors, college and post-graduate students who are looking to become tomorrow's leaders.
How do I Join?
Membership is open to everyone who believes in the mission of the organization. Please contact one of the Officers below.
Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church
3459 Manchester Avenue; Cardiff by-the-Sea, California 92007
AHEPAcademy Scholarship was awarded to Cassidy Clark, High School Junior, daughter of Debbi Alexis, grandaughter of Jim and Vasil Karounos, from Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church. She will be flying to Washington, D.C. on 25th June 2012 to attend the program. Congratulations Cassidy!
On 30th September 2012, the Daughters of Penelope received "A Huge Hug and Thank YOU!" for the Scholarship to the Ahepacademy by Cassidy Clark the recipient. She wrote "I had a great time meeting new life long Greek Friends, had wonderful outings and learned so much about Leadership Skills! It was truly wonderful! Thanks to All! Cassidy Clark.
Cassidy wrote in her application to College Essay - If you have seen the film, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, you have essentially met my family. My mother, the daughter of the most devout Greek woman one could ever hope to meet, married a non-Greek man (only to remarry a full-Greek later in life). The fact that my biological father is not Greek did not inhibit my cultural upbringing in the least. I have lived next door to my YiaYia (Greek for grandmother) for my entire life, and she has taught me all of the important traditions that have been passed down in our culture for centuries. While other children were drawing in Barbie coloring books, I was filling my bookshelves with the tales of grand Zeus, devoted mother Demeter, and beautiful Aphrodite (kid-friendly versions, of course). For every “Share Your Heritage” day in school, my family would prepare an endless amount of spanakopita and tiropitas and force my friends and their parents to be adventurous and try the weird-looking spinach triangles. Initially, this made me feel different, something that is never easy for any kid, but as I grew older, I learned to appreciate the unusual things about my culture. I became more involved in the Greek Orthodox Church and built meaningful connections with my fellow Greek constituency. Without my Greek community, I never would have been able to visit Washington, D.C. through a leadership program for Greek teens; I never would have been able to bond with children affected by cancer, and I never would have met some of my closest friends.
We understand in reading Cassidy's essay the importance of our Scholarship programs for our youth.
Click here to see a slide show of Cassidy's journey.
On the 5 June 2012, the Daughters of Penelope celebrated the end of the year with a delicious meal and wonderful company. Many thanks to Vasil McGill-Karounos for the beautiful handmade butterfly magnets and table decorations, which we will enjoy for many years to come and remember this special event! The Daughters will be selling Koulouria at the Festival, 8-9 September 2012. Enjoy the summer and we look forward to reconvening our monthly meetings on the first Tuesday, 2nd of October 2012, at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church. Next year we have much to look forward to, including the Hellenic Cultural Society Lectures, sponsored by the Daughters on the 23 September and 4 November - Save the Dates more to follow.
Spirit of Greece
The Daughters of Penelope, in partnership with St. Helen Philoptochos, host "The Spirit of Greece" event at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church every year around February.
More to follow for 2013's event.
Spirit of Greece
27 March 2012
Brothers and Sisters,
Long Live Greece! Long Live Freedom! Long Live the 25th of March, 1821!
On behalf of my co-chair John Grevas, the presidents of our respective orders Nick Gines and Jeanette Rigopoulos, Congratulations and most importantly THANK YOU to all who worked so hard and lent their helping hands, and contributed prior to, duringand after Sunday's successful Greek Independence Day celebration!!!
Dangerous as it may be to individually recognize you who sacrificed and put your whole heart into the work, for fear of inadvertently omitting someone, I feel it necessary and courage is only apropos:
- Andreas Letsos & the entire North County Greek Language School
- Matina Dale
- Nick Poniros
- Georgia Vourlitis
- Jim & Vasil Karounos & the Daughters Of Penelope Crew
- Danielle Triantis
- Nick & Vickie Anastasopoulos & Athens Market Café
- Markayla Stroubakis
- Aramco Mortgage Grp, Darius, Alexander, Arianna, Mehran & Alexandra Aram
- Maria Touvannas
- Kim & Lenore Trigonis
- Father Michael Sitaras
- James Stathes
- Very Rev. Fr Theodore Phillips
- Philip Kondilas
- Peter Fellios
- John Tsitsikaos
- "Arcadians" Folk Dance Ensemble
- Dimitri Magemeneas
- Tony Petroulias
- Kostas Stathopoulos
- Diane Truesdale
- Kent Stone
- George Koulaxes
- Art, Hilary & Gregory Pathe - Karen Hunter
I am certain I have, unfortunately, not remembered some people who helped in significant ways, and for that I am truly sorry. Please reply to me here if I have forgotten you or someone you know who was not included, so proper appreciation can be expressed.
Keeping it simple, THANK YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS on a successful and worthwhile celebration! Cronia Polla, Kai Tou Cronou!
James A. Rigopoulos
Church Festival - Koulouria Sales
The Daughters of Penelope bake delicious Koulouria and sell them at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church Festival. Make sure to attend the Festival so you can enjoy this delicious bread without having to travel all the way to Athens!
On the 23rd September 2012, Dr. Alexandros Kokkinidis presented an illustrated talk on “ Mt. Athos ” at Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church. It was a very informative talk with much gained by all who attended. Many thanks to the Hellenic Cultural Society and the Daughters of Penelope for hosting this event.
DAUGHTERS OF PENELOPE - On the 5 June 2012, the Daughters of Penelope, celebrated the end of the year with a delicious meal and wonderful company. Many thanks to Vasil McGill-Karounos for the beautiful handmade butterfly magnets and table decorations - we will enjoy for many years to come and remember this special event! The Daughters will be selling Koulouria a the Festival 8-9 September 2012. Enjoy the summer and we look forward to reconvening our monthly meetings on the first Tuesday, 2nd of October 2012 at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church. Next year we have much to look forward to including the Hellenic Cultural Society Lectures sponsored by the Daughters on the 23 September and 4 November - Save the Dates more to follow.
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